Practicing Empathy #2by2

Since early 2019, the Yasmeen Godder Company is deeply involved in a research project titled “Practicing Empathy”, out of which a series of outcomes are being created. Each of the outcomes explore the notion of empathy through a variety of perspectives and approaches, attempting to look at what opens us up emotionally. What makes us identify and connect with others, as well as with ourselves? And how can we create new practices, rituals, songs, and choreographies, which may open up our ability to take in complexities without fear and distrust?

“Practicing Empathy #2by2” - 8 audience members are invited to dive into a collaborative experience with 8 dancers, on a 2 meter by 2 meter square. This practice seeks to reclaim the 2-meter restriction defined by social distancing due to the spread of Covid19, and turn it around to become a means for connectivity, empathy, and intimacy. 


Practicing Empathy #2by2 was commissioned by and presented at The Chatira Le’maga Festival at Habait Theatre.

Co-production: Tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

Supported by the Israel Lottery Council for the Culture and Arts.


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Creation, Choreography: Yasmeen Godder 

Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli, Monica Gillette 

Dancers: Ortal Atsbaha, Or Ashkenazi, Carmel Ben-Asher, Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch, Nir Vidan, Shuli Enosh, Anat Vaadia, Yasmeen Godder

Mousontrum Dancers (Frankfurt, Germany): Patscharaporn Distakul, Viktorija Ilioska, Katja Cheraneva, Max Levy, Kirill Berezovski, Aaron Lang, led and performed by Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch

Bassano del Grappa Dancers (Italy): Vittoria Caneva, Anna Grigiante, Ilaria Marcolin, Elena Sgarbossa

Sound Design #2by2: Lior Pinsky

Scenography and Lighting: Omer Sheizaf

Costumes Design #2by2: Tamar Ben Cnaan 

Photography: Ofir Ben-Shimon, Daniel Pakes, Uri Rubinstein 

Production Manager: Omer Alsheich

Administrative Manager: Zohar Eshel-Acco